A Message from Brother Richard
Celebrating the many gifts that allow Good Shepherd to thrive in our community
Good Shepherd has much to celebrate this year. As a proud human services and community health agency, we look forward to joining all Canadians n marking our country’s 150th birthday on July 1 – and throughout the year. We are fortunate to live in one of the world’s greatest countries, where we look out for one another and our limitless compassion is on display every day.
Our volunteers and co-workers are proud of Good Shepherd’s long history in Hamilton. Since 1961, our mission has been to provide compassionate care for residents of this city whose circumstances have put them at risk of poverty and homeless- ness. This year we mark special milestones for three of our programs: the Barrett Centre for Crisis Support, Notre Dame House emergency shelter for youth and Emmanuel House Palliative Care Centre.
On the cover of this newsletter, you meet Daniel, who came to the Barrett Centre at the time of his greatest need – when a mental health crisis consumed his life. With help from our co- workers, he battled his debilitating impulses and won. Daniel found a new purpose in life. He decided that he could use his lived experience to help others. Daniel’s story exemplifies the successes that we have achieved in community-based care. In July, we celebrate the Barrett Centre’s 10th anniversary as a respected part of the community.
In 1998, Notre Dame House, our youth shelter, opened its doors. Now in its 20th year, “The Dame” has become a sanctuary for youth, where they can find respite while learning skills that help them break out of the cycle of poverty that threatens their futures.
And finally, at the end of June we celebrate the grand re- opening – and mark the 20th year – of Emmanuel House Palliative Care Centre. Our landmark building on Stinson Street has been closed for months as we undertook much-needed renovations. We’re excited to finally welcome residents back into a home-like setting with modern amenities as they make life’s final journey with their friends and family. Our reputation for comfort and care is widespread; last year palliative care was provided to 787 people in Emmanuel House or in their homes.
As I reflect on all that we celebrate during this special year, I feel blessed to be a part of a tremendous organization and a caring community.
But most importantly, we are blessed by God’s gifts to Good Shepherd – our staff, volunteers and donors – who allow us to celebrate our many successes and face down the diverse challenges presented to us daily.
On behalf of those people, thank you for your ongoing support of Good Shepherd. I hope you have a wonderful summer with your loving family and friends.
God bless you
Brother Richard MacPhee, OH